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Xavier, 2020 target Jaylen Clark appear to be headed in different directions

Xavier and four-star Class of 2020 recruit Jaylen Clark seem to be mutually looking in different directions, after the Musketeers got their third 2020 commit on Wednesday.

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The Xavier Musketeers are currently well ahead of the Big East Conference when it comes to recruiting in the Class of 2020.

With the commitment of four-star wing Colby Jones, the Musketeers now have a trio of four-star 2020 prospects to usher in. No one else in the pack has that kind of abundance at the moment. At a national level, the only other school that rivals Xavier’s current success is Virginia, who also has three four-star players to make up its 2020 group.

As Xavier won in landing Jones, it looks like it might have lost another target in the process. However, the split seems to be mutual.

Four-star 2020 wing Jaylen Clark had Xavier included in his final list of six schools. He announced the news last week and shortly after that, it was revealed that he would be visiting Xavier on Aug. 16.

With the news of Jones’ commitment, who plays a similar position, it appears that both Clark and Xavier have mutually agreed to go in other directions.

Clark has moved up his visit to New Mexico a couple of weeks early. He was originally scheduled to go there on Aug. 30, but he’s cancelling the Xavier visit in favor of the Lobos.

The California native had Xavier, New Mexico, USC, UCLA, Colorado, and TCU in his final six.

This past season, at Centennial (Calif.) he averaged 17.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals through 28 games.